TOKYO, JAPAN --- NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO:9432), NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM) and NTT FINANCE CORPORATION (NTT FINANCE) jointly announced today that their new submarine cable-laying vessel, "Kizuna," which launched late last year, has now been fully outfitted and will enter service in the foreseeable future.
NTTWEM's parent company NTT Com and other telecommunication companies and service providers will use Kizuna, along with three existing vessels operated by NTTWEM, to lay and maintain submarine cables for telecommunications networks and cloud services.
Kizuna is the first submarine cable-laying vessel equipped for the dual purpose of serving as a disaster-relief ship in the case of major natural disasters, including by transporting containers, vehicles, cellular-network base stations, satellite communication facilities, etc., and even providing temporary accommodation for NTT Group employees working in disaster zones (see Appendix 1). In May, NTT Group personnel will conduct a drill to practice loading Kizuna with disaster-recovery supplies and equipment that would be used to restore telecommunication services in an emergency.
Kizuna is owned by NTT FINANCE and leased to NTTWEM as required.
About NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation
NTT World Engineering Marine has been the marine-engineering arm of the NTT family since 1998. It is in engaged in laying submarine communication cables and providing related maintenance services.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
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About NTT FINANCE CORPORATION
NTT FINANCE provides a range of financial services for leasing, loan and investment and settlement services for billing, collection services and credit card services.